Alzheimer’s Disease Hope!

Probably the number one disease feared most by my patients over age 50 is Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is now the third leading cause of death in the United States following heart disease and cancer.

There are approximately 5.2 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and it has been estimated that as many as 45 million of the 318 million Americans now living can develop Alzheimer’s disease during their lifetime if no prevention is instituted.

The major reason my patients have fear of Alzheimer’s disease is there has been no treatment and no cure for it over these last many years. There are currently a few drugs for this condition but I have never seen these drugs be of significant benefit. In fact until recently there was very little objective testing that could determne that was the correct diagnosis for a patient. Now with special contrast MRI’s and certain findings in spinal taps, along with cognitive testing, a definite diagnosis can usually be made.

This is very unlike cancer and heart disease for which we have lots of tools to diagnose, and to treat both these conditions. It is also of note that most patients with cancer or heart disease are on several medicines and are asked to implement lifestyle changes in order to help their disease. So I wonder why the drug companies think they can find one “magic bullet” to reverse Alzheimer’s disease?

Because so many my patients over 50 are complaining of mild memory problems it stirred me to do more research into what could be done to prevent it and maybe even to reverse Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and early Alzheimer’s disease?

I am delighted to tell you that my research led me to a study by Dale Bredeson, MD, from UCLA that has now shown that Alzheimer’s disease can be treated and in fact in the small study that was done it was reversed in nine out of 10 patients on the treatment protocol! These nine patients got so much better that they were able to go back to work.

The amazing thing about his study is that no drugs were used. Instead careful metabolic evaluations were done and the treatments were primarily integrative medicines such as herbs, vitamins, and other nutritional supplements along with lifestyle changes, yoga classes, meditation classes and other natural therapies.

This is obviously extraordinarily exciting to me as an integrative physician for the treatment of a condition which up until now has been almost hopeless.

In his article, Dr. Bredeson himself says “That suggested that a broader-based therapeutic approach, rather than a single drug that aims at a single target, may be feasible and potentially more effective for the treatment of cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s”

He went on to say “The current, anecdotal results require a larger trial, not only to confirm or refute the results reported here, but also to address key questions raised, such as the degree of improvement that can be achieved routinely, how late in the course of cognitive decline reversal can be effected, whether such an approach may be effective in patients with familial Alzheimer’s disease, and last, how long improvement can be sustained.”

Dr Bredeson named his protocol for cognitive impairment the “MEND Protocol”– Metabolic Enhancement for Neurodegeneration.

After reading these articles I was extremely excited to begin addressing these issues in my office with patients who were experiencing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), or early Alzheimer’s disease.

Because there are so many variables involved in the metabolic evaluation that was done in Bredeson’s studies, it would involve a lot of testing initially and I was going to organize a team of people in my office to help in the evaluations. This would not only be extensive but could be expensive.

In researching the MEND protocol further I discovered a relatively new company called MUSE laboratories.

MUSE laboratories allow me as a physician to collect blood tests and other tests including metabolic and genetic testing, MRIs of the brain, and cognitive testing and send it to MUSE lab for computerized evaluation on the primary metabolic and other imbalances in that given patient.

They then send me back a series of recommendations for not only lifestyle and diet but also nutritional supplements including doses, which as a physican I can implement with my patient.

The patient can also sign up for the MUSE laboratory protocol support system, where for four months they talk to a health coach on a weekly basis, to make sure they are implementing all the changes that have been recommended. That helps me to supervise and direct the treatment without having a whole team dedicated to give weekly support to patients for whom all of will be a very new approach to improving their health.

Dr. Bredeson’s research that has shown Alzheimer’s disease is not just really a single disease but consists of at least three distinct subtypes. These subtypes are directly addressed in the MUSE protocol. You can read more about it in this article.

In summary, Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is no longer the one-way street that it has been for so long. Now with Metabolic Enhancement and evaluation and the use of integrative therapy techniques this condition can actually be reversed! This brings great hope to the patients and families of older people with Cognitive Issues

I’m so excited to share this information with all my readers and patients.

I’m looking forward to implementing the MEND protocol in my own practice immediately.

By way of reminder, I wanted to let you know again about the big online webinar that starts on Today Monday July 25, that I announced in last week’s newsletter.

Every day for a week, new thought leaders in the field of Alzheimer’s will be interviewed about their recommendations and their research findings. This entire webinar is free for you to listen to, or for you to buy and download for listening at your leisure. I’m delighted to say that Dr. Bredeson will be one of the people interviewed, as well as my longtime friend Dharma Khalsa,MD, who will speak on the value of a specific yogic meditation that his research has shownn to be helpful with Alzheimer’s disease.

I look forward to staying in touch with all of you about these very exciting developments in the treatment and reversal of the disease that has long been considered untreatable.

Dr Soram

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References

Alzheimer’s disease consists of three distinct subtypes, according to UCLA study

Reversal of cognitive decline: A novel therapeutic program

Reversal of cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease

Memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s reversed for first time

SUBJECT: The most misunderstood, cruelest and costly of all diseases…

Alzheimer’s disease is becoming epidemic in our world today. It is one of the only diseases in which there is no way to diagnose it early, or to treat it once it is diagnosed with current medication, let alone prevent it.

I am very excited to let you know that in the next newsletter I will be sharing with you a new protocol that has reversed Alzheimers disease in 9 out of 10 patients and 90% of this treatment comes from the world of integrative medicine!

In the mean time I wanted to let you know about this upcoming free webinar series on Alzheimers diease and encouraging you to watch it if there is anyone in your circle with this problem.

I am especially interested in day 2 where my friend Dharma Khalsa, MD is interviewed and talks about the work he has done with meditation and reversing Alzheimer’s disease.

Another interview that I’m extremely excited about is with Prof. Dale Bredeson from UCLA. It is his work that has shown the reversibility of Alzheimer’s disease. As mentioned, I will be talking to you about his work in my next newsletter.

What follows is copy from the company that is putting on the webinar along with the opportunity to you to sign up, for free, to listen to the interviews day by day. Or if you’re interested hearing them at your leasure, to buy the interviews as downloads or CDs:

Are you concerned about brain health? Or, of one day not recognizing your closest friend?  If so, or if you care about friends and family members dealing with poor brain function, don’t miss The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Summit. Brain disorders, including memory loss, are fast becoming the single biggest health problem in the world.

WHY ATTEND?

This event represents a unique opportunity to discover how to prevent, slow down and even reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Join us to find out what you can, and should, do before memory loss is irreversible–because taking action now is the key to protecting your brain health and overall wellbeing!

Register for FREE now at this LINK:

Own all of the expert talks to watch at your own pace, by Clicking Here:

Did you know?

• Every 3 seconds someone gets diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia
• Dementia starts in the brain 30 to 50 years before symptoms appear
• Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death
• The average burden on families dealing with late-stage dementia is $300,000
• 46+ million people are losing their minds (this will double every 20 years)
• The “silent epidemic” of early-onset dementia is on the rise

The 2016 Alzheimer’s & Dementia Summit is online and free from July 25 – August 1, 2016!

Register for FREE at the this link today:

Own all of the expert talks to watch at your own pace by clicking HERE:

I’ll see you at the summit!

With good wishes for your health,

Dr Soram


I am closing my online Vitamin D Store

I am sad to announce to my patients and readers that I am closing my online Vitamin D store effective this week.

Due to my very busy practice of medicine, along with my very time-consuming teaching schedule at the UCLA School of Medicine, I have not had the time to attend my online store like I did when I first opened it seven years ago.

I have wanted to keep the online store open as long as I could because it is a guaranteed source for the exact amount of vitamin D that is listed on the label. As I have told you before in my writings, unreliable labeling with regard to potency is common. A recent study by the multiple sclerosis consortium of physicians found after purchasing 10 different brands of vitamin D, none of them had the amount on the label. In fact they averaged 34% of what was on the label.

I know that for this reason many of you have continued to buy vitamin D from me for many years. In addition, I have tried to keep the price of my vitamin D very reasonable.

I will still be providing my vitamin D3 for the patients in my own practice of medicine. However, regrettably I will not be able to fill any mail order requests for vitamin D that you might submit to my office, as I just don’t have the staff to manage it at this time.

Two points of good news in all this:

  1. You can buy high-quality vitamin D from my online vitamin store -Dr Soram’s Healthy Living Shop. You can find it by clicking here. You will need to register to become a customer, but registration is easy. You will be able to find good brands of vitamin D there. Specifically, you can find the 1000 IU and the 5000 IU potencies.
  2. The other bit of good news is that I am hopeful at a future time I will be able to open a bigger online store with more of my own labeled products for many different health conditions. My Vitamin D of course would be part of that store.

Again, thank you to all of you for being my customers for so long . I look forward to staying in touch with you through my newsletter and on Twitter and Facebook.

Dr Soram

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Dr. Khalsa’s Just Back From My Conference on the “Omics” Revolution

I am just back from Austin Texas, where I attended the annual international conference sponsored by the Institute of Functional Medicine. As I’ve told you many times in my writings and in my lectures, functional medicine places an emphasis on how our organs function, and how to improve our organ function to lead to better health. This is of necessity includes the use of diet, lifestyle, and nutrition to improve organ function.

This year the conference was titled the Omics” Revolution: Nature and Nurture.

Genomics is the study of our genes and how they express themselves to contribute to making us who we are. The function of the genes is to make proteins which then create our metabolism, which detemines our health and even we are finding, our mental makeup.

The study of the proteins of the body and how they make us into who we are is called Proteomics.

These proteins then create our metabolism. The study of how these proteins interface with our metabolism to create who we are is called Metabolomics. Our metabolism then cretes how we look, how we digest our food, whether we are fat or skinny, and all aspects of our health.

This conference emphasized, more than ever, that our genes are “Not written in stone.” We are now learning that our diet, our lifestyle, our thought patterns and our emotional patterns are able to directly impact our genes and thereby their expression of proteins which turn into our metabolism which creates who we are. [Read more…]

Back to Writing my own Articles for you

I’m delighted to be back writing my own integrative medicine newsletter article for all of my patients and readers.

So many advances are occurring in the field of integrative medicine. Increasingly, conventional medicine and integrative medicine are coming closer and closer together. Just witness the new conversations about probiotics that we integrative practitioners have been talking about for decades. Now it is part of mainstream medicine.

The role of environmental medicine in everything from autoimmune disease to cancer is being discussed on a large forum internationally.

The role of stimulating the immune system for people with cancer is another example of this coming together of integrative medicine and traditional medicine. Traditional oncologists are now looking at vaccines to boost the immune system of the patient against their malignancy. [Read more…]

Dr Soram Chosen One of the Best Doctors in LA!

I am very honored to tell my patients and my readers that I have been chosen one of the best doctors in Los Angeles. The world-famous Hollywood Reporter magazine did a very scientifically run poll to pick the best doctors of Los Angeles.

They partnered with the physician led research team of Castle Connolly, which is the United States’ preeminent medical database authority. “They then surveyed 800 professionals in the film, television, movie and media fields to find out who among these doctors are the most beloved, trusted and go to physicians in Los Angeles.”

I was called by phone out of a busy day with patients, by the producer of the article to tell me that I had received amongst the highest votes of all those that they polled. They told me that they wanted to feature me with a picture with one of my famous patients. I was so honored that Morgan agreed to be photographed with me for this great award.

Here is the short bio of me, that was written about me from the interview:

“Because his new patients don’t always understand what integrative medicine is, Dr. Soram Khalsa encourages them to view a video.

In it, the 66-year-old turbaned and bewhiskered internist — he adopted Sikhism, a religion founded in 15th century Punjab, in 1971 after a bout with chronic fatigue syndrome led him to yoga for relief — explains how he combines traditional medical practices with acupuncture, homeopathy, herbs and vitamin therapies, particularly vitamin D. (Author of The Vitamin D Revolution, Khalsa says 90 percent of his new patients are D-deficient.)

Between optimum health and cancer, he says, there exists a “gray zone” in which organs might not be clinically diseased but still can cause symptoms Western medicine can’t detect or treat. “A lot of people’s problems — fatigue, backaches, migraines — are not well treated with traditional modalities like narcotics,” says the Yale-educated Khalsa, who was raised in Cincinnati, attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, has been on staff at Cedars-Sinai for 30 years and is a clinical instructor at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.

Morgan Freeman and Judith Light are among his longtime devotees. Says Light: “I had just started Who’s the Boss? and was exhausted. Dr. Khalsa is a brilliant diagnostician — he saw all of these things that have been lifelong problems. I attribute my energy and much of the longevity of my career to him.”

A 45-year-old producer with ulcerative colitis that was not responding to steroids and immunosuppressive drugs was put on a regimen of Chinese herbs and acupuncture. “Over the course of six months, we tapered from a very high steroid dose to none at all,” Khalsa tells THR. “Some months later, his gastroenterologist did a colonoscopy and was shocked to see that there were no lesions in his colon.” Pronounces Freeman: “Dr. Khalsa was referred to me by a close friend. I am very grateful for the referral.”

I was so honored to be chosen to be the “centerfold” of the paper edition as pictured above shortly after I received my own copy of the magazine!

You can find the full article here and my interview page here!

Enjoy !

 

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Wishing you the best of health!

Dr Soram

The Detox Summit

I am happy to announce to all my patients and readers that starting next Monday, August 4, I invite you to attend the free Online International Detox Summit.

As I’ve written about many times in my blog, the toxicity of our environment is affecting our health in so many ways. This is especially relevant during pregnancy and early childhood.

I was especially honored to be asked to be one of the 30 participants in this seminar and my interview is on

Tuesday, August 5, 2014. I will be talking about the toxicity of our environment and how that is interacting with our genes. We call this the epigenetic influence. I will also discuss the importance of preparing for pregnancy.

In addition to me, there are 29 other interviews with prominent physicians, speakers, and authors. All aspects of detoxification including emotional detoxification, will be discussed over the eight days of this summit.

It is free to sign up and attend. Each day, a set of lectures will appear and you will have the whole day to listen to those lectures. If at the end of the week, there were lectures you missed, that you wanted to hear, you will be able to purchase them.

The stated goal of the conference is “To inform people about toxicity and inspire them to healthy solutions.”

Following the Detox Summit, they will help you put this information into action in September through a 21 day Detox Challenge. You will be provided with a day­-by-day guidebook, online resources, and community groups. Before, during, and following this experience, you will have the opportunity to discuss your personal health goals and challenges leading into and out of the Detox Challenge.

You can sign up for the Detox Summit here:

When you sign up, you will receive daily e­mails during the summit that will give you access to over 30 of the world’s experts on what to do about toxins.

I look forward to being in dialogue with you on Facebook and Twitter, about this wonderful event. And of course for my patients I will be delighted to talk to about it in the office.

 

What I Am Doing This Week–Yoga and More!

I attended a 10 hour intensive Yoga Course this past weekend in LA- all day this past Saturday! I’ve been taking courses like this for the last 40 years, and have grown tremendously from this practice. I am so glad to see yoga getting popularized for all to benefit from.

This past week, Lift Brands, the parent Company to Snap Fitness, announced it was partnering with the largest yoga training program in the world to offer a 24/7-year-old franchise concept called YogaFit Studios.

Peter Taunton,the founder of Lift Brands and CEO stated “Our goal is to open 1000 domestic studios over the next five years‚Ķ We are confident yoga is here to stay and we are targeting aggressive expansion.”

It is now estimated that 20 million Americans practice yoga and spent nearly $6 billion annually in classes, yoga equipment and DVDs and more.

Mr Taunton is offering YogaFit franchises to yoga instructors who want to start their own center. You can learn more about this HERE.

Right on the heels of this exciting announcement is a new study that shows that yoga reduces fatigue and inflammation for breast cancer patients. This study was published in the very prestigious Journal of Clinical Oncology.


Those breast cancer patients who practiced yoga reported about 50% less fatigue than those in the control group and had 20% lower levels of three proteins in the blood that are markers for inflammation. These proteins that are generated by the immune system are known to cause fatigue, headaches and general malaise when we develop an infection.

It was also found that the more times a woman practiced yoga each week, the lower the levels of her tiredness and inflammation. In addition these benefits persisted for three months after the study ended. This is indeed exciting information.

In addition, excessive inflammation is also linked to a higher risk of breast cancer recurrence and most of the chronic diseases that we have in our world today. This includes diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease. All of these diseases will probably benefit from yoga !

You can read more about it here.

It is wonderfully exciting to me to see this most powerful tool for self centering and consciousness expansion -yoga-being offered on such a widescale to our entire country. Are you taking or teaching yoga classes yet?

A New Movie

Along with the consciousness expansion that yoga offers us, I am delighted to announce a new movie that was just released this past weekend called Fed Up.

This movie expands our consciousness in a different way than yoga does. It shows us what is going on in the food industry and how we’ve all been seduced into eating junk food. This movie is stated to “reveal a 30 year campaign by the food industry, aided by the US government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history.

Katie Kouric stars in the film which is produced by Laurie David and directed by Stephaine Soechtig.

Check your local listings closely. In Los Angeles the movie is showing in only one theater on the west side of LA.

Here is the preview for your review.

In addition I strongly urge you watch this other video on Sugar: The Bitter Truth:

Please watch your children’s diets and educate them to eat healthy to avoid the epidemic of bad health that is expected to occur in our children and grandchildren.

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First time buyers can use the code VPP10FT for a one time discount of 10% (before shipping, handling and tax)

Wishing you the best of health!

Dr Soram

What I am Doing!

Health Interactive LA

Pictured below from left to right are my colleagues Alan Greene, M.D., Myself and John La Puma, M.D.

This past Saturday – two days ago-,I was a speaker at the Los Angeles Health Interactive in Santa Monica California. I was on a panel with John La Puma, M.D., which was entitled “Your Health Questions Answered.” Dr. La Puma and I took questions from the audience, answering everything from “what to do for psoriasis”, to “how to get started meditating.”

I got to meet and hang out with Dr. Alan Greene, M.D., who is a very practical and naturally oriented pediatrician who is endeavoring to putting the care back into children’s health. You can’s visit his site here. He spoke on “Useful technology leading to a healthier America”.

Also, my good friend Ashley Koff, R.D.,pictured with me below, spoke on “Qualitarian Eating”.

The event was a lot of fun, and there were many interesting exhibitors with lots of new health products.

The organizers told me that my session will be available by video and I will let you know as soon as is posted.

Busy Weekend!

After speaking at the Health Interactive event, I immediately headed to Orange County to attend a seminar led by my longtime colleague Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D. The title of the seminar was Personalized Lifestyle Medicine: the Future of Health Care.”

Aside from Dr. Bland speaking, my colleagues Mark Hyman M.D. and Deanna Minich, Ph.D. spoke about the future of healthcare and the need for personalized lifestyle medicine.

I will give you a more detailed update in a future blog post.

What I Am Doing

This past weekend I attended my dear friend and patient Daniel Leighton’s exhibit of his new artwork showing the history of his journey with Crohn’s disease.

In the picture below you see David and me with one of his pieces of art depicting the surgery he had to remove his colon. You see the incision down his main abdomen, and behind it is his heart opening. He wears a mask as he does not want to be seen for who he is yet.

Daniel and Dr Soram Daniel and Dr Soram

Daniel gave a beautiful description of his journey from childhood until present. He thanked me in his speech for the help that I gave him using integrative medicine. You can see from this photo he looks very healthy and hardy now!

What may come as a surprise to you is that all his art at the exhibit was done on his iPad! In his talk to the audience he explained how the iPad was a perfect canvas to do his work because it gives him so many brushes and colors! This type of art will become the future, I’m quite sure.

Please visit his website to see more of his art, much of which depicts the journey he has taken to come physically emotionally and spiritually into more wholeness.